Netminders have been both brilliant and abysmal in the first round of the playoffs, so how do they stack up when it comes to giving their fans heart palpitations right now?
We’re only a week into the playoffs and already there have been an assortment of twists and turns to deal with. The Habs are through to the second round, while the Kings are almost through, period. And while goaltending can’t explain every result, it has been prominent – as Pittsburgh found out last night. With that in mind, I present the Stanley Cup faith-o-meter. Adjust your rosaries accordingly.
Tuukka Rask, Boston – gave up one goal and somehow lost the opener, but still 2-1 with 0.67 goal-against average.
Antti Niemi, San Jose – Just doin’ his thing while his Sharks light up the Kings.
Jimmy Howard, Detroit – Has given up just three even-strength goals in three games to powerful Bruins.
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers – Hasn’t been busy, but getting the job done.
Semyon Varlamov, Colorado – Regular season set a high standard, but his one loss came in OT after a 60-minute shutout.
Super, But Human
Kari Lehtonen, Dallas – One of Anaheim’s goals went off a body and then his head – just fluky. Otherwise, he’s been hot since the series shifted to Dallas.
Jury Still Out
Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota – A shutout in his debut, but will the Avs solve the youngster upon second viewing?
Corey Crawford, Chicago – When he’s hot, he’s great. When he’s not, it looks dicey. Hawks won last night, but he wasn’t the star.
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles – The defense in front of him may not be doing a great job, but Quick has been shelled like never before.
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh – ‘The Flower’ is wilting, the post-season questions are back, snowflake becomes blizzard…
Done: Anders Lindback, Tampa Bay
Likely Done: Ilya Brygalov, Minnesota